- Wednesday 04 June, 2014
Behind the wheel of everything from daily drivers to mild-mannered muscle cars, about twenty students from Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio took part in the University of Northwestern Ohio High School Nationals presented by Patriot 500 Racing at Summit Motorsports Park on May 4, 2014.
They went rounds, racked up sixteen points and took the overall win for the event, with students from Carey High School, EHOVE Career Center, Upper Sandusky, Brookside High School and Lorain County Joint Vocational School hot on their heels. And at the school on June 2, 2014, several of them accepted a trophy etched with the school’s name to display until another school is able to achieve the same success at the event, which is held annually.
On hand were their principal, Jim Jurski, as well as Jim McNellis, Admissions Representative for the College of Applied Technologies from the University of Northwestern Ohio, which generously offered scholarships to the event’s individual winner and runner-up, as well as semifinalists and quarterfinalists and covered the cost of admission for non-racing high school students, as well as the traveling trophy.
The students’ pride was pronounced as they looked it over and talked about what kinds of vehicles they raced that day and whether they had asked too much of their parts and how it felt to represent their school and bring home the trophy.
“The University of Northwestern Ohio is thrilled to present scholarships to the winners of the High School Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park,” said McNellis. “We offered the first high performance college curriculum in 1992 and since then have provided our students the best training, internships and exposure to racing and professional motorsports anywhere. Should the scholarship winners choose UNOH for their post-secondary education, they will utilize cutting-edge technology and test facilities unlike anywhere else.”
By Mary Lendzion